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Simeone: Atleti Struggling to Finish Teams Off

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone praised his team for keeping the pressure on La Liga leader Barcelona with a 2-1 win against lowly Granada, but he was also forced to admit that Atleti has trouble seeing out games as easily as it should. Thursday’s game saw Los Colchoneros take a 2-0 lead into the final few minutes at Granada before Felipe Luis’ second yellow card and Odion Ighalo’s last-minute goal made for a frantic ending. 

“Normally, we are not a team that has a lot of possession, but those are just numbers,” Simeone said, referring to Granada’s 66 per cent possession. “I believe in chances created, which is what matters and what counts, we had a lot of situations to make it more than 2-1. What really makes me happy is the effort made by the players. It's not easy to win, win, win and keep winning.”

The Argentine added: “The good thing is that we do not think beyond the next big game we have against Athletic. That makes us live with the intensity that we live for the moment and do not think about anything else. I've said it a thousand times, we don’t have the ability to finish games so calmly, we could have finished the game before, we did not and it ended up tight.”

Atletico Madrid is currently second-place in La Liga with 30 points from 11 games, one point behind leader Barca, and five points ahead of third-place Real Madrid.

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